Glasson Campaign reports strong fundraising in 2018 powered by grassroots support from working families
Raises over $593,000 dollars; 92% of contributions were less than $50
Democratic candidate for Governor Cathy Glasson filed her latest campaign finance report with the Iowa Ethics Campaign and Disclosure Board today. The report covers the period from January 1- May 14, 2018 and shows that Glasson’s campaign raised over $593,000 in cash and will have more than $228,600 remaining on hand for the closing weeks of the June 5 Primary election. Over the course of her campaign, Glasson has received 5,847 individual contributions. 92% of contributions received by the campaign through May 14 were for less than $50.
“From day one, this campaign has been about doing politics differently,” Cathy Glasson commented. “Whether it was in the ice and snow of the February caucuses or the sunny days of May, we’ve been focused on the hard work of building a people-powered movement house by house and town by town all across Iowa. I’m humbled and forever grateful that thousands of my SEIU union brothers and sisters across the nation have joined together to help fund our campaign—thousands of janitors, bus drivers, nurses, security guards, home care workers— all putting their hard-earned dollars on the line for the values we care about. I’m honored to also have the support of more than 3,500 additional grassroots donors to this campaign whose small contributions of $3 and $5 at a time keep powering our bold, progressive movement. Standing shoulder to shoulder with these activists, we’re fighting to lift up the lives of more than a million Iowans with universal single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage fast and the right to join a union no matter where you work.”
“This campaign has invested in people and organizing and it’s paying off as we come into the final weeks,” said Glasson campaign manager Misty Rebik. “The latest public polling from the Des Moines Register on Saturday aligns with our internal campaign polling. It shows that despite being deluged with TV ads from a multi-millionaire former insurance company CEO and endorsements from an establishment politician, many Iowa Democrats are still deciding in this race and looking for something different.
“Our internal campaign polling verifies what the Iowa poll showed: no candidate has reached the 35 percent threshold and a large number of Iowans remain undecided,” Rebik stated. “We’re convinced many Iowa Democrats will move to Cathy Glasson in the closing weeks as they focus on the fact that she is the bold, progressive choice and the only candidate with a plan for universal, single-payer health care, a union no matter where you work and tougher gun laws to make kids and families safe. With Cathy’s two strong debate performances so far, a new set of memorable TV ads, and the continued hard work of our grassroots field team and hundreds of volunteers, we’re planning to shock the political establishment on Primary Day.”
Cathy Glasson, 59, is the President of SEIU Local 199 representing thousands of nurses, health care workers and school support employees across Iowa. She is a registered nurse who worked in the intensive care unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she led the effort to unionize her fellow nurses 18 years ago. She lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband Matt, a labor educator.